Akon, whose real names are Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, born on April 16, 1973 to muslim parents from Senegal. He spent a significant part of his childhood in Senegal, which he described as his hometown. His father was a percussionist and his mother a dancer. As a kid, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe. At age 7, he moved with his family to back to the US, New Jersey,splitting his time between the United States and Senegal until settling in Newark, New Jersey.AKON Profile & Lyrics. AKON has a total of 9 Song Lyrics and Featurings on Afrika Lyrics. Country : Senegal. Genre : Hip Hop, RnB, Dancehall, . Follow AKON on the social networks Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube by cliking on the icons below.